How To Use Your Natural Competitive Fire To Increase Your Willpower

How To Use Your Natural Competitive Fire To Increase Your Willpower

In the mid-1990s, the San Francisco 49ers were having a basketball game between the 49ers team of the 1980s and the team of 1990s. It was a great pleasure for the fans to see their favorite players from each era square off in a friendly game of pick-up basketball. 

Jerry Rice, who was on the 90s team, was the leading scorer before he checked out of the game in the 3rd quarter. Then he started signing autographs, taking pictures with the fans and having fun with the event. But in the 4th quarter he heard the announcer say that one of the players from the 80s had just become the game’s leading scorer. 

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How 5 Minutes of Gratitude Increases Willpower

How 5 Minutes of Gratitude Increases Willpower

It was Tuesday and Jim was talking to me about his cat again.

 

This time... he was pretty worked up. Apparently “Smokey” had been behaving badly and had clawed his favorite couch. Jim’s eyes locked into mine and his wild hand gestures swung in front of me like an over-caffeinated mom doing Zumba as he re-lived the incident. I was a prisoner to another one of his cat stories.

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What I Learned Going From 334th To 7th in the Spartan Race

What I Learned Going From 334th To 7th in the Spartan Race

It was 35 degrees fahrenheit in the morning of October 27th, 2012. My friend and I were headed to a rural area outside of Chicago to try out this new thing called a “Spartan Race”. 

Having played sports throughout school, I had always been athletic and competitive. But like many other former athletes, I had let myself go in recent years. To try to turn this around, I signed up for several 5K runs in Chicago just to stay active. I enjoyed them, but I don’t really have a “runner's body” (I played lineman in football) so I knew that I would not become elite. 

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What Fatigue Really Is – And 3 Ways To Conquer It!

What Fatigue Really Is – And 3 Ways To Conquer It!

“Who needs this?”

Said Joe DeSena, founder of The Spartan Race, as he was in the middle of doing an Ironman Triathlon in Utah. Joe is renowned for pushing his body to the limit, but this time he felt like he had pushed his body as far as it could possibly go. He was 10 miles into the run and he was so nauseous that he had to walk over to an ambulance to vomit uncontrollably. 

Joe had all but decided that he was going to amongst those on the DNF (did not finish) list, when he saw a woman with one leg run by him. When he saw the woman pushing herself through a physical feat that many 2-legged people don’t even try, it changed his perspective. Seeing this gave him the strength he needed to run with her for the final 16 miles and finish the race!

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The Incredible Effect of Exercise On Your Willpower

The Incredible Effect of Exercise On Your Willpower

What is the effect of physical exercise on a person’s willpower?

That’s the question researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney were trying to find out. There are, of course, many health benefits associated with physical exercise, but what does it do for our self-control?

Willpower itself is like a muscle, so can it become strengthened along with your other muscles through physical activity?

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10 Simple Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Willpower!

10 Simple Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Willpower!

In a previous article, I wrote about how willpower is a muscle. And like all other muscles in the human body, it can get exhausted from overuse, but it can also be strengthened through practice! 

Fair warning: like all practice, these workouts are not going to be much fun. After all, you will be exerting your willpower in the same way that you would exert your legs on a run. But they are scientifically proven to get you results. So although it will be difficult in the short-term, you will find that it will be easier to say no to temptationsmake it to the gym and stick with your long-term goals!

Here are 5 exercises you can do to strengthen your willpower muscle!

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